Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1 & 2

I'm not a comic guy; most of my literature intake comes from audiobooks. I've picked up a few over the years, but what few I've kept - Atari Force, Karate Fighters, Bionicle, etc. - isn't for their artistic value. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 1 was the first to truly win me over, and Vol. 2 is the first I'll actively purchase.

Avatar: The Last Podcasters, Episodes 7 & 8 "Winter Solstice"

Avatar: The Last Podcasters, Episodes 7 & 8 "Winter Solstice" (Book One: Water) is here! We talk about The Dragon Prince, Dragon Quest, Football, Game of Thrones and more! With a little Avatar: The Last Airbender sprinkled in there, too.

Topps 1956 Hank Aaron #31

In an effort to take my mind off my excitement for Dragon Quest XI (it's all I can think about), I spent lunch hour today pondering some of my favorite non-video game memories. One of my favorites (and one I can reminisce about quickly) is from the summer of 2013 when I bought my Topps 1956 Hank Aaron (#31).

Ultimate NES Remix & Level 7 Games

Image result for nes remix 3dsAny time my wife or I travel anywhere, I make it a point to beg and plead to hit up a local video game store (something other than GameStop). I love visiting new stores, and buying something to reminisce about later. Last week she went to Denver without me, but loves me enough that she visited Level 7 Games, snapped a few pictures, and came back with the Ultimate NES Remix for the Nintendo 3DS.

Wizards & Warriors, Iron Sword, The SNES Drunk, and Vomitron

Some of my earliest video game memories are from Wizards & Warriors on the NES, one of the earliest games Rare developed for Nintendo. The whole trilogy is solid if not great, each in its own way. The original is big, spooky, unique and advanced for its time. The sequel, Iron Sword, was bigger, moderately refined (if less original) and features unexcited, shirtless, sword-wielding Fabio for cover art. The threequel, Kuros: Visions of Power, has the most flaws, but also tried hard to be different, open and exploration-heavy. And the Game Boy release, Wizards & Warriors X: The Fortress of Fear, is also a game, but one that I neither own nor enjoy, so let's not talk about it.

Doing Things Differently for Dragon Quest XI (PC)

DQ XI LogoI bought Dragon Quest XI today. That's exciting enough all on its own, but it's particularly memorable because the way I did it was so far outside my norm. I bought it:
  • New (I can count the number of brand new games I've bought in my whole life);
  • Via pre-order (calculate above and divide by 10);
  • On PC (ditto); and
  • Digitally (very taboo in my house).
It's not going to fit in with the piles of cheap retro mediocrity occupying my shelves. (It breaks my heart that there's nothing to sit there at all.) But I don't have a PS4, and the Switch release is in flux, so I had no other choice to access the latest entry in my favorite video game series of all time.